Emerging Business Leader Award Winner in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Program
2016 marks 30 years of ingenuity in America
PITTSBURGH, PA June 29, 2016 -Ernst & Young today announced that President Gabriela Isturiz of Bellefield Systems, LLC, the leader in mobile and anywhere time entry solutions for firms of all sizes, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the Emerging Business Leader category in the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia program. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Gabriela Isturiz was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA on June 24, 2016.
“It is a sincere honor to be recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Business Leader category. I am deeply proud of the success that the Bellefield team has accomplished since the company’s founding, and am grateful for the opportunity to build a company in the Pittsburgh region, which boasts world-class talent and an engaging and magnetic entrepreneurial community,” said Isturiz.
Since 1986, EY has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have propelled their companies’ success, invigorated their industries, and benefited their communities. Now in its 30th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Robert Unanue of Goya Foods, and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2015 winners Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks.
As a Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia award winner, Gabriela Isturiz is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum™, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The US Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner then moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Monaco, June 2017.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
In Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, sponsors also include PNC; Colliers International; The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Chemistry Communications.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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